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Three Per Cent Fewer Pigs in the UK

19 September 2014

ENGLAND - The annual count on 1 June reveals 2.8 per cent fewer pigs on commercial farms in the country on 1 June 2014 than a year previously, with reductions in all categories.

The total number of pigs in England decreased by 2.8 per cent to just under 4.0 million animals in 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra).

Breeding and fattening pigs both saw decreases in 2014 falling by 5.3 per cent and 2.5 per cent, respectively.

The female breeding herd decreased by 4.8 per cent to 329,000 pigs in 2014.

Pigs on commercial agricultural holdings on 1 June ('000)
 201220132014% change
2014-13
Total pigs 3,662 4,066 3,954 -2.8
- Breeding pigs 437 434 411 -5.3
  - Female breeding herd 351 346 329 -4.8
     - Sows in pig 244 234 230 -2.0
     - Gilts in pig 57 53 46 -14.1
     - Other sows 51 59 54 -7.8
   - Other breeding pigs 85 88 82 -6.9
     - Boars used for service 14 13 12 -5.3
     - Gilts intended for first-time breeding 72 75 70 -7.2
- Fattening pigs (including barren sows) 3,225 3,632 3,542 -2.5
(a) Either being suckled or dry sows being kept for further breeding

The graph shows the make-up of the female breeding herd since 2005.

Other breeding pigs also decreased in 2014, falling from 88,000 in 2013 to 82,000 in 2014.

UK sows Defra
Breakdown of the female pig breeding herd 1 June 2005 to 2014

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